Number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance drops by 41 per cent.
THE number of young people in Ilfracombe claiming Job Seekers Allowance has almost halved, according to the latest figures.
The 41 per cent drop among 18 to 24-year-olds claiming was announced at a town council meeting by Councillor John Swan, the Ilfracombe Works Team, part of the One Ilfracombe initiative.
There were 35 JSA claimants in that age group in September, half the previous year and the lowest in the town since October 2008.
The team’s focus since One Ilfracombe went live in April has been reducing the numbers of young people who are not in employment, education or training, known as ‘NEETs’.
This has included encouraging businesses to take on trainees and young people to sign up, as well as a week-long course run by the Fire Service and Jobcentre Plus for long-term unemployed young people.
At least two people believe they obtained permanent employment as a direct result of that course and five out of the 11 who enrolled are now in work.
“The town council has employed two community engagement co-ordinators and there has been a lot of feedback that just talking to someone independent about the options available has been really helpful,” said Mr Swan.
One Ilfracombe is a pilot project set up with government funding, aims to get the various agencies in the town working together to tackle a variety of issues and projects.